Worship with Us This Sunday - 10:15 a.m.
Freedom. We mistakenly identify this notion with unlimited license. The sad reality is that the discovery of freedom may also become the very entrance into a new kind of slavery. The Apostle Paul pleads with the Christians in Galatia not to find a new yoke of slavery on their way to understanding their new place "in Christ."
James McClendon suggests laws are both written and unwritten. In his book Ethics, McClendon notes that whatever a community agrees to becomes the "law" of that group. Even before laws are written, they are practiced. The Apostle Paul will urge the Jesus people in Galatia to practice love against which there is no law. He writes, in fact, that the entire law – Old Testament – may be summed up in love for neighbor. Love becomes the rule of life for people in the Jesus Way.
Evidence of love is in relationship(s). The Apostle Paul described the activity of the Spirit which promotes love as evidenced love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. These sound strikingly similar to Paul's description of love in relationship found in 1 Corinthians 13.
The Gospel text of Sunday reflects an understanding of a commitment to the way of Jesus that trumps all else. Putting a hand to the plow and not looking back is to assume the posture of committed gardening in the soil of life the kind of commitment needed to experience the kind of heart renovation for the follower of Jesus.
What are your thoughts about the texts for the coming week? You may find them listed in the right sidebar.
You may find this video a bit challenging.